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Ashley Furniture HomeStore Gives Green Brook Fire-EMS a Reason to Recline

Three Donated Recliners Helps Fill the Ranks of Fallen Recliners at Squad HQ

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Wil Schafer, owner of the new Ashley furniture store in Green Brook, helps unload donated recliners at the Green Brook first aid squad building.

GREEN BROOK, NJ – Volunteers with theGreen Brook Fire-EMS still carry vivid memories of that day 15 years ago, when Hurricane Floyd ripped through the town and filled their headquarters with 10 inches of rainwater.

The recliners that had been used for squad meetings were destroyed and discarded, as the volunteers began the task of remodeling the building on Greenbrook Road. Luckily, at the time, a local furniture store now out of business stepped in to donate some replacement recliners.

All was well, once again. But after 15 years of day-to-day use, those once pristine recliners are now facing the hands of time. Will Schafer, owner of the new Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Green Brook, heard the need. As part of his grand opening, he has donated three new leather recliners to the 50-member squad, to officially kickstart a recliner replacement campaign.

Schafer, who recently dropped off the brown leather recliners at the squad building and placed them prominently in the front of the room of old, worn recliners, said the company philosophy is to learn about local need and figure out a way to give back.

"Not only do we have a welcome new business in town," said Darlene Breen, EMS Chief of Green Brook Fire-EMS, "but they're already becoming active citizens and are willing to help us."

"Our team is so gracious of Ashley's donation," she added. "We always work to promote Green Brook's local businesses and it means a lot that they turned around and helped us when we needed it."

The new Ashley Furniture HomeStore is located at 350 US 22 in Green Brook.

In Good Taste: Kids Can Cook Too!

No-Bake-CookiesHello Readers! I was planning a baking cake date with my nephew and I started thinking about my own childhood. I realized that I have enjoyed cooking even as a child. I remember my mother purchased a children’s cook book for me and I immediately started experimenting with the recipes. Mom and Dad would sit down to meals of Hawaiian Meatballs, or Baked Cheese Chicken and I got brave enough to create my own recipe - Nikki Von Franks (just cut up franks with rice and corn). Mom often remembers and laughs at my creations as a child. My parents never declined my meals and always cleaned their plates. My little sister ate everything I put in front of her - she was my first food critic and I never got a bad food review…I love my family.

So, this week I thought we should include some fun kid recipes that you can introduce to your family. It’s a great way to introduce cooking skills, discuss healthy foods and a wonderful fun way to bond. Don’t mind the mess, that can be cleaned up … the memories, though, will last forever. Try these recipes with the little ones and feel free to send a few pics of the end results with your little chef.

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In Good Taste: BBQ Sauce - Finger Lickin’ Good!

Hello Readers! This week hubby and I went camping! Sleeping in tents, rapid water rafting, Smores, camp fire stories and yes, grilled food! We enjoyed the great outdoors - with most of the comforts of home. We were with some camping enthusiast who had everything and anything you could possibly need. We had a great time and the friends that invited us did an excellent job with preparing all the food ahead of time. All we had to do was start the pit and get to grillin’!

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In Good Taste: April Showers Bring Springtime Recipes!

greek_potato_saladHello Readers! I love the springtime…the birds singing, the trees starting to bud, tulips in bloom and my birthday! I also love the spring because to me that’s when you start anew.

Everything has been washed away by the spring showers, all things old and drab are new and bright, everything to me seems fresher and lighter, even my meals. Yep, along with the spring season is when we start taking off our coats and noticing a little winter pudge around the middle. So, along with that, are new resolutions to walk in the park, eat better and get out more.

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In Good Taste: Filet Mignon on the Stone

IMG00017-20110409-2146Hello Readers! This week hubby and I were invited out to dinner and were joined by 5 other couples - so, it was a huge dinner party! My friend found a place that he wanted to share with us - not only for the food but the experience. We dined at a restaurant called Valenca, which is a small Portuguese restaurant located on the north side of Elizabeth. We entered through the front door (the fancy side I was told to enter) and found this to be awkward, as there was no hostess be found and we actually stumbled into a private affair - which we quickly back tracked.  We made our way to the back bar, where we found our friends already seated and sipping on sangria. We noticed all the tables were full, with a very nice ambience, family friendly, and there were literally glasses of sangria on EVERY table.

We ordered our sangria and it was delicious! We enjoyed the complimentary salad which was large and containing olives, tomatoes, and onions with oil and vinegar dressing.

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